Daily Archives: December 26, 2014

Ouch !!! Delaware Governor bitch-slaps Mike Matthews! “No Time for Excuses” Re: Priority Schools

State points to schools that have grown scores Matthew Albright, The News Journal

“The governor keeps pointing to these schools as evidence, but they’re different situations,” said Mike Matthews, president of the Red Clay Education Association and a teacher at Warner Elementary, one of the priority schools. “I think we feel like the state is sort of using these schools to justify the decisions they already want to make based on ideology.”

Not true, said the governor, adding that this is no time for excuses.

“We can argue over the differences between these schools, but at the end of the day, they’re showing huge progress for our kids, and that’s what matters,” Gov. Jack Markell said. “We know we can do this.” 

An Inside Look At The Mindset of The Delaware Charter Schools Network @KilroysDelaware @ed_in_de @RCEAPrez @Apl_Jax @ecpaige @nannyfat @Roof_O @DelawareBats @BadassTeachersA @Avi_WA @TNJ_malbright #netde #eduDE #Delaware #edchat

Exceptional Delaware

I’m sure it will come as no secret that I don’t have a lot of love for the Delaware Charter Schools Network.  I think they have entirely way too much influence on education in Delaware.  Roughly 10% of Delaware students attend charter schools.  In the grand scheme of things, that is not a huge number.  The vast majority of charter school students are in Newcastle County, as they have the largest number of charters.

So why is it that these schools, representing not even a quarter of the population of students in Delaware, cause such controversy?  It could be the propaganda behind them.  The Charter School Law in Delaware was created in 1995.  The original law’s intent is vastly different than the charter school landscape we see nearly 20 years later.  What caused the ground to shift?  One word: Rodel.  When Paul Herdman took the reigns as executive director of…

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Is News Journal helping build the gallows for Title 1 parental involvement? What about Federal Law Title 1 Section 1118 ? @washingtonpost #edude #netde @dedeptofed @destateboarded @usedgov @EducationOIG @huffingtonpost #neatoday @NSBAComm @NatlGovsAssoc

Fixing Delaware’s troubled schools STATE’S PLAN TO “TURNAROUND” SIX SCHOOLS IGNORES STUDENT AND TEACHER REALITIES Matthew Albright, The News Journal

When President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001, his administration said every student in every state had to reach proficiency on tests by 2015 or those states would face a loss of federal 

Happy 50th Birthday Title 1 and hoepfully we have legislators who can introduce legislation recognizing Title 1

The History of Educational Comparability in Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 By Phyllis McClure | June 10, 2008

Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 requires that schools receiving funds under Title I be comparable in services to schools that do not receive Title I funds. The public policy purpose: To ensure federal financial aid is spent on top of state and local funds to which all public school children are entitled. Title I was one of five titles in the legislation, which was introduced in Congress on January 12, 1965, and was passed by Congress on April 9, 1965.

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the legislation on April 12, 1965 in front of the old one-room school house on his ranch on the banks of the Perdernales River. The new law was considered a legislative triumph because previous attempts to provide federal aid to primary and secondary education by Congress had always floundered on the “two R’s,” race and religion. I

If you are a Delaware legislator reading this please consider introducing legislation proclaiming April 2015 ; Title 1 Month. Delaware needs to celebrate Title 1’s 50th birthday and give thanks to all Title 1 teachers and staff of today and yesterday.